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Introduction to Art History: France through the Ages

Over the centuries, France has played a leading role in the cultural life of Europe from the emergence of Roman and Gothic architecture to the rebellious Impressionists, creating masterpieces that gave a new meaning to the concept of art. The art forms that will be reviewed are: painting, sculpture and architecture. COURSE OUTLINE Architectural innovation and emergence of a new artistic trend: Medieval period (6th to 13th centuries): from Merovingian art to the emergence of Roman... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Introduction to Art History: France through the Ages

<p>Over the centuries, France has played a leading role in the cultural life of Europe from the emergence of Roman and Gothic architecture to the rebellious Impressionists, creating masterpieces that

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Landed Squires, Clergy and Military Men: The Male Presence in Jane Austen's Novels

The men in Jane Austen’s novels live in a larger world than the sedate, gentile world she chose for her settings. Besides being important registers for her strong moral compass they can take us into the wider, more turbulent England of her times. COURSE OUTLINE The landed Gentry, their status, obligations and management structures. The enclosure movements and its problems. Changing forms of wealth in England. A quick survey of landed property owners in the Austen novels. Good... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Landed Squires, Clergy and Military Men: The Male Presence in Jane Austen's Novels

<p>The men in Jane Austen’s novels live in a larger world than the sedate, gentile world she chose for her settings. Besides being important registers for her strong moral compass they can take us

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Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory

The course will cover ideas which are central to contemporary political theory, for example: Conflict Theories; Shared-Values Theories and Exchange Theories. We will begin with a short overview of the history of political theory as a background to the present, and will cover theorists such as Hobbes, Montesquieu, de Tocqueville, and others. Some of the topics covered in the course are: Civil Society and its role in contemporary political reality; Contemporary Social Contract theory... [More]
$260 Limited inc GST / $234
Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory

<p>The course will cover ideas which are central to contemporary political theory, for example: Conflict Theories; Shared-Values Theories and Exchange Theories. We will begin with a short overview of

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Ancient Egypt: 3000 Years of History

Ideal for the traveller or Egyptophile, this course will give a broad outline of the history of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic Period to the death of Cleopatra VII. Emphasis will be given to placing Egypt’s famous monuments and individuals in an overall historical context. Students will read ancient Egyptian documents in translation and be introduced to the archaeology of Ancient Egypt. SUGGESTED READING The Eye of Horus, Gae Callender, Longman Cheshire 1993 The Oxford History... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Ancient Egypt: 3000 Years of History

<p>Ideal for the traveller or Egyptophile, this course will give a broad outline of the history of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic Period to the death of Cleopatra VII. Emphasis will be given to

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Spanish Civil War: 1936-1939

For the world it was a three year struggle between communism, fascism and democracy. For Spain it was the brutal eruption of deep internal divisions between conservative Catholic country dwellers and progressive republican urbanites that tore a society apart. Overshadowed by the subsequent WWII it is often overlooked, despite some 15,000 books written about it. Yet it pays to give it some attention to gain an understanding of present-day Spain. SUGGESTED READING The Battle For... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Spanish Civil War: 1936-1939

<p>For the world it was a three year struggle between communism, fascism and democracy. For Spain it was the brutal eruption of deep internal divisions between conservative Catholic country dwellers

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Shakespeare's Women

‘Frailty – thy name is woman!’ How do we reconcile Shakespeare’s attitudes to his women characters, when they vary from the dazzling wit of Beatrice to the shrewish Katerina? Was the bard a misogynist? Discuss the interpretation of these women by Elizabethan and Jacobean audiences, and consider how modern perspectives might cast these varied characters in a new light. SUGGESTED READING Much Ado About Nothing Hamlet Othello As You Like It Taming of the Shrew COURSE OUTLINE... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Shakespeare's Women

<p>‘Frailty – thy name is woman!’ How do we reconcile Shakespeare’s attitudes to his women characters, when they vary from the dazzling wit of Beatrice to the shrewish Katerina? Was the bard a

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History of Law

Examine the history of law, and the thinkers and events that have shaped our legal heritage in the West, particularly the common law tradition. We study philosophers from Ancient Greece and developments in Rome; the medieval world, the Magna Carta, and the English revolution; and the American, French and industrial revolutions to arrive at an undrestanding of the law that governs us in the 21st century. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction: What is Law? Law in the Ancient World The Medieval... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
History of Law

<p>Examine the history of law, and the thinkers and events that have shaped our legal heritage in the West, particularly the common law tradition. We study philosophers from Ancient Greece and

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Australian Legal History: 1788-1901

Revisit Australia’s history, getting inside the legal mindsets that framed it. Discover the personalities and principles behind ‘British’ law in Australia. Examine how lawmakers and lawyers saw terra australis from settlement to federation: sovereign claims, land use and Aborigines, legislatures and courts, prisoners, workers, women, children. Become a ‘bush lawyer’ and peruse the key legal documents that define who we were (and are). SUGGESTED READING Bruce Kercher, An Unruly... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Australian Legal History: 1788-1901

<p>Revisit Australia’s history, getting inside the legal mindsets that framed it. Discover the personalities and principles behind ‘British’ law in Australia. Examine how lawmakers and lawyers saw

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Discover Sydney's Contemporary Art Galleries

Discover Sydney’s fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a hub of diverse venues from major galleries to unexpected spaces tucked away in hidden corners and laneways. Meet gallerists, curators and artists, learn about the styles, ideas and inspirations of Australian and International art and gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful and... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Discover Sydney's Contemporary Art Galleries

<p>Discover Sydney’s fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a

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Nobel Laureates: Poetry that Saves a Nation

"What is poetry that does not save Nations or people?" (Milosz). Explore a selection of Poet Nobel Laureates who have been lauded as the voice of their nation. Their imaginations both replicate and undermine geo-political boundaries. Their poetry creates and reflects a nation, an imagined community, a place of belonging. In all their oeuvres we find a relationship between the notion of poetry and the notion of the nation space; despite different and separate creeds of nationalism.... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Nobel Laureates: Poetry that Saves a Nation

<p><em>"What is poetry that does not save Nations or people?"</em> (Milosz). Explore a selection of Poet Nobel Laureates who have been lauded as the voice of their nation. Their imaginations both

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